Mainland spokeswoman suggests Shanghai-Taipei charter flights during Expo

19:29, April 14, 2010      

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A mainland spokeswoman Wednesday said the mainland and Taiwan might consider temporary charter flights between Shanghai and Taipei for the convenience of tourists from the island during the six-month 2010 World Expo.

"The two sides may consider temporary charter flights between Shanghai's Hongqiao Airport and Taipei's Sonshan Airport for the convenience of Taiwan compatriots visiting the mainland during the Expo," said Fan Liqing, spokeswoman of the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, at a regular press conference in Beijing.

Also for the convenience of tourists from the island, the Bank of Communications would soon start two-way currency exchange services for the yuan and the New Taiwan dollar in Shanghai, said Fan.

Fan said representatives of all circles in Taiwan would be invited to attend the opening ceremony of the Expo scheduled for April 30 and that Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin would visit the Taipei pavilion with other municipal officials.

The 1,400-square-meter Taiwan pavilion, completed on March 31, would open on May 1 as scheduled and could attract 800,000 visitors, its organizers have said.

The Shanghai World Expo is expected to attract 70 million visitors from home and abroad.

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